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Dr. Kenyon Glor Earns Prestigious Diplomate Status Within International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Blog, Dentistry

Dr. Kenyon Glor Earns Prestigious Diplomate Status Within International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Dr. Kenyon Glor of Wellington, OH earned the prestigious Diplomate status within the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) on February 17, 2017. By achieving Diplomate status, Dr. Kenyon Glor is board certified in the field of Dental Implantology. The awarding of Diplomate status is the highest honor a professional society such as the ICOI can bestow on a dental professional involved in oral implantology. Passing an exhaustive oral and written exam, interviews and making a case presentation to the Advanced Credential Committee are required to achieve this highest of honors. The International Congress of Oral Implantologists is the largest international dental organization dedicated to improving the clinical practice of dental implantology worldwide. Through its journals and meetings that attract worldwide participation, the ICOI is devoted to communicating scientific knowledge, and recognizing clinical expertise. Dr. Kenyon Glor will of course continue to provide exemplary general dental care in his Wellington office. While this is not a recognized specialty yet, Dr. Glor and his team are very proud of this high honor and the only office west of Cleveland to be board certified in oral...

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How Do You Know if You Have Periodontal Disease?

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Blog, Dentistry

How Do You Know if You Have Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. But how do you really know if you have periodontal disease? First, here are some other interesting facts about periodontal. According to the CDC, half of all Americans over 30 have a form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease caused by the bacteria around your teeth and under your gum tissue. There are two forms of gum disease- Gingivitis is the mild type and Periodontal disease which causes the destruction of the tooth supporting bone. Periodontal disease has been linked to cardiovascular disease, worsening of diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Not surprising when you realize that an infection in one part of you can affect another part of you. Sometimes there are warning signs, a bit of blood on a toothbrush or in the sink. Often times there is no warning. While anyone can develop gum disease there are 3 basic risk factors for periodontal disease. Poor oral hygiene, tobacco use (smoking or smokeless) and diabetes. Both tobacco use and diabetes lowers your body’s resistance to infection. If periodontal doesn’t hurt, how is it diagnosed? Diagnosis is made visually by looking for signs of infection. Your dentist will look for swelling, bleeding gum tissue especially with the presence of pus (a byproduct of infection). The pockets around your teeth will be measured. While not a definite sign of disease by itself, any pocket measurement above three millimeters should be further evaluated. Finally, x-rays will be used to see the position of the bone relative to the teeth. After combining the exam, pocket measurements and x-rays, a diagnosis can be made as to the presence and severity of the periodontal disease. Treatment of periodontal disease is done in phases or parts. The...

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Teeth Whitening: Questions and Answers

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dentistry, Smile, Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening: Questions and Answers

I really would like a brighter smile. I wonder if people notice my yellowish teeth? I feel self-conscious in pictures. Does this sound familiar? Are you wondering where to start? What are the alternatives? You are not alone. With all of the options out there it is hard to know where to start. Dr. Kenyon Glor has the experience and the answers and can discuss the options during a no-charge initial consultation. Which method is best for whitening my teeth? There are two good methods for whitening. The best method is to make custom trays, or bleach holders. These trays are custom made for you. You then place the bleaching material into these trays and place the trays comfortably over your teeth for an hour or two. This method will give you the most dramatic results. The second alternative is to use pre-formed trays with the whitening material already in the tray. This method is a bit simpler because there are no molds to take and has a lower cost than the previous method. Because these pre-formed trays are only available through a dental office, the whitening gel in the trays is stronger than what is available in a store for at-home teeth whitening. Since the gel is stronger, the pre-formed tray method is much more effective than the store bought strips. However, it will not whiten as well as custom tray method. What if I want to touch things up in the future? If you went through whitening with the custom trays, Dr. Glor has a program to make sure you are always your whitest. Give him a call and he will happily discuss the details. Sounds great, but how can I tell if whitening would be a good option for me? The first step is a dental...

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What Are Your At-Home Teeth Whitening Options?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Blog, Dentistry, Smile, Teeth Whitening

What Are Your At-Home Teeth Whitening Options?

If you’d like to spruce up your smile, teeth whitening is a great, non-invasive way to give your teeth the boost you’ve been searching for. Although professional dental teeth whitening is often the most effective route, there are various at-home teeth whitening options you can try for a bright smile. The good news is that you have a variety of safe and effective over-the-counter options to start with. Apart from a professional treatment, here are your best options for lightening the color of your teeth: Whitening Strips Whitening strips are a popular means of fighting tooth staining at home. These provide you with the convenience to whiten when you want, as much as you want. Plus, the provide the best contact of any over the counter product. Whitening Rinses and Toothpastes Your most affordable and accessible whitening solution is likely in the form of a rinse or toothpaste. A whitening mouthwash usually contains hydrogen peroxide, which helps lift surface stains. Whitening toothpastes typically contain very small abrasives to help buff away stain. Whitening rinses and toothpastes are best for maintaining a bright smile after achieving your desired shade. Or to prevent future stain from building up. Brush-On Whitening Gels These whitening gels contain ingredients similar to those found in the whitening strips. The gel is usually applied before you go to bed, letting it work overnight. Some people find this option to be more comfortable than wearing strips or trays. White Teeth for Life Complement your whitening routine by avoiding things that cause stain in the first place. Items like coffee and soda should be kept to a minimum if you want to keep your teeth bright. Whitening your smile is a good opportunity to work in the goal of cutting out tobacco use, as tobacco products are notorious...

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Finding The Right Dental Office Near Wellington, Ohio

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Blog, Dental Fear, Dentistry

Finding The Right Dental Office Near Wellington, Ohio

Finding the right dental office near Wellington, Ohio can be a real challenge. It is about finding the best dental solutions for you. Dr. Kenyon Glor’s office has offered an environment of trust, respect and integrity for 30 years. With multiple comfort, treatment and payment options you and Dr. Glor will be sure to find the best plan for your dental health. Multiple comfort options From delightful twilight sleep, to nitrous oxide (laughing gas), to a gentle calm voice Dr. Glor and his staff can customize a visit to your level of anxiety. Dr. Glor and his team are great with the very nervous to the not so nervous. Let us show you how comfortable dentistry can be. Multiple treatment options Dr. Glor does not force you to fit your care into a few treatment options. Through extensive training and years of experience, Dr. Glor has multiple options to fit your individual circumstances. Without scolding or judgment he will discuss all of the available treatment options and form a plan with you. This plan will be sure to be comfortable for your individual situation. Multiple payment options Knowing that the dental treatment will be comfortable, Dr. Glor want the financial part to be just as comfortable. With multiple payment options available, we can fit treatment comfortably into most any budget. There is no charge for an initial consultation. Give Dr. Glor’s Wellington, Ohio dental office a call. Talk about the best options for you and find out what truly comfortable dentistry is all about. Related Articles Childrens’ Oral Health and Good Dental Habits Teeth Whitening in Wellington, Ohio What Tooth Filling Material Should I Choose: Silver, White or...

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Dental Implant or Fixed Bridge – Which is Right for Me?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Blog, Dental Implants, Dentistry, Smile

Dental Implant or Fixed Bridge – Which is Right for Me?

You are missing a tooth and need to replace it. Replacing missing teeth is very important to your smile. The spaces left after tooth loss allow for tooth shifting which can lead to tooth decay and fracture, headaches and even jaw joint disease. A dental implant and a fixed bridge will provide a fixed (does not come in and out) replacement for a tooth. But which is best? Dental Implants A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed in the bone, on top of which the replacement tooth is placed. Two important advantages of a dental implant are the neighboring teeth are left untouched and the dental implant will help preserve the supporting bone. The loss of supporting bone can produce an unsightly defect and can put the adjacent teeth at risk. Fixed Bridges A fixed bridge on the other hand is supported by the adjacent teeth. The adjacent teeth are prepared for crowns, or caps, and the replacement tooth is attached to these caps. Although a fixed bridge appears to be three separate teeth, it is one piece which is cemented on the prepared adjacent teeth. There are two advantages of a fixed bridge. The first is that if the neighboring teeth have big fillings or cracks the bridge will replace the missing tooth and strengthen the neighboring teeth at the same time. The second advantage of the fixed bridge time, typically the treatment time is shorter than for a dental implant. One big disadvantage however is that if the adjacent teeth are solid strong teeth, preparing them for the bridge means removing most if not all their enamel, a good thing to avoid if possible. As for cost difference, assuming there is sufficient bone, the total cost for the dental implant and the replacement tooth it...

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Childrens’ Oral Health and Good Dental Habits

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Blog, Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Smile, Uncategorized

Childrens’ Oral Health and Good Dental Habits

As a parent, you can help your child improve their chance at having a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Here’s how: Early Dental Check-ups Pediatric medical and dental experts recommend that all children have their first dental check-up by their first birthday. Early visits help us to pinpoint concerns that can be prevented from evolving into more serious problems later on. It also helps your child become more familiar with the dental office – so that his or her first visit isn’t due to an uncomfortable emergency. Stick to Tap Water “Healthy” beverages like fruit juices and sports drinks still contain hidden acids and sugars – which can create extensive amounts of tooth decay. Give your child fluoridated tap water to drink. Tap water rinses the teeth and provides essential minerals that help support healthy enamel. You might be surprised to learn that most bottled waters have a lower pH and no fluoride, so save a few cents and bottle your own! Wait Until Your Child Can Tie His or Her Own Shoes Help your child brush and floss their teeth twice a day. Once your child has the dexterity that he or she needs to tie their own shoes, then you can start allowing them to brush and floss on their own. Just be sure to check their teeth before bedtime, to make sure everything is clean! Brush for at least two minutes each time, taking care to clean along the gumlines. Don’t skip the flossing, as even the best brushing possible can’t clean between the teeth. Look Into Xylitol Several chewing gums contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can actually help your child’s teeth repel plaque buildup. Studies show that xylitol use can improve oral health and reduce the risk of tooth decay. Be sure...

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How to Care For Your Mouth After A Tooth Extraction

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Blog, Dental Fear, Dentistry, Smile, Tooth Extraction

How to Care For Your Mouth After A Tooth Extraction

Having a tooth extracted can be quite scary, but following these basic guidelines can add to your comfort and hasten recovery. First, the area will be sore, there will be slow oozing of blood, and may be some swelling all of which are normal and should be of no concern. Realize that when a little bit of blood mixes in with a lot of saliva it looks like a lot of blood, so don’t worry. If the area starts to bleed, it will be more than a slow oozing, then call your dentist. Also call your dentist if there is excessive swelling, or pain especially if these are getting worse. Here are some basic instructions that will help healing: Eat whatever you feel up to, however soft food is recommended. Be sure that foods/drinks are not to hot. Remember to drink plenty of fluids. Do not disturb the surgical area. Keep your tongue and fingers away from the area as the it may become irritates or cause more bleeding. You can apply an ice-bag to the outside of your face, 20 minutes on 20 minutes off. You might want to sleep on a couple of pillows for the first few nights. Do not be alarmed if there is a bit of blood on the pillow case. Keep up with the pain medication as directed; over the counter ibuprofen and Tylenol also work very well. Be sure to ask your dentist for dosing instructions. You can brush your teeth after the procedure. Brush gently around the surgical site. Don’t smoke or chew tobacco for the first two days post-operativly. The next day rinse with warm salt water 3 times a day for 1 week (1/4 teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water) If bleeding occurs, remember some light...

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The Canary System: New Technology for Prevention and Early Detection of Tooth Decay

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Blog, Dentistry, Smile, The Canary System

The Canary System: New Technology for Prevention and Early Detection of Tooth Decay

Lasting a lifetime! That’s what we all want for our teeth, and that’s why Dr. Kenyon Glor continues to invest in new diagnostic technology. The latest innovation is a device called The Canary System, and we’re the first dental offices in this area to have it. The Canary enables us to identify early stage lesions even before they’re visible on an x-ray. Early detection means it is possible to heal a tooth as well as provide less invasive and less expensive treatment. The Canary is simple to use, pain free, and does not require radiation…and it just takes a few minutes to use. It’s all about prevention, healing and early detection. The Canary System is the only technology that examines the crystal structure of a tooth and tells us the amount of decalcification that has taken place. If the area examined is in the “pre-cavity” stage, Dr. Glor and his team can work with you to heal or remineralize the area. If a filling is needed it will be the most conservative filling possible, making the tooth filling material last longer, saving more of your tooth. The Canary System is the only radiation-free technology that can detect problem areas around the edges of fillings, crowns, and even in-between teeth! The Canary System is a low-power, pulsating laser that uses infrared sensors to detect subtle changes in heat and light (less than 1 degree Celsius) to examine for the presence of tooth demineralization (structural breakdown) and early dental decay. It can find decay in areas that are undetectable to the eye, up to 5mm below the tooth surface, and in areas that are difficult to detect with dental x-rays. Prevention, healing and early detection … A better way to practice dentistry! Even if you haven’t been to the dentist in...

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What Tooth Filling Material Should I Choose: Silver, White or Porcelain?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Blog, Dental Fear, Dentistry, Tooth Filling

What Tooth Filling Material Should I Choose: Silver, White or Porcelain?

Tooth decay is considered the most common infectious disease there is. As you eat foods with sugar, the germs in your mouth convert that sugar to an acid that in time will dissolve the tooth, leaving a soft, dark hole. Even if you haven’t been to the dentist in years, Dr. Glor can provide the filling you need for a bright smile. The fix is a tooth filling with the right material for you. But how does that come about? The first step is to totally numb the area with Novocain. Then, we will gently remove the decay leaving a hard, healthy tooth with a hole in it left by the decay. A filling is what fills the hole left by the decay and restores the tooth’s shape and function. That is why the dental term for a filling is a restoration. There are basically three types of fillings – silver, white and porcelain. Silver Fillings Silver fillings, or amalgams, are a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, zinc and copper. After mixing, the silver filling is pressed in place and shaped to fit the remaining tooth. Silver fillings are not bonded in place. The seal between the filling and the tooth is dependent on how it is pressed against the tooth. If a large portion of a tooth is missing, a pin may have to be placed in the tooth to help hold the filling in place. These pins can cause cracks in the tooth and can be irritating to the nerve. White Fillings White fillings are made up of microscopic glass particles in a special type of resin. After the decay is removed, the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and treated. Then the white filling is bonded in place. As the filling is placed it is sculpted and a...

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